The makers of Pratik Gandhi's upcoming film on Tuesday issued a statement announcing that 'Raavan Leela' will be titled 'Bhavai'. The move comes after receiving audience's requests and moreover to respect their sentiments.
Director Hardik Gajjar said: "I am happy to honour the wishes of my stakeholders and audience, the love we have received for the film thus far is resonance of the fact that good cinema is the need of the hour. Cinema is a medium meant to entertain people and so is our film.
"Audiences have showered Pratik with love for his work and we hope that this film will only see it multiply. It's a film that is close to our hearts and we are confident that audiences will love it with all their hearts too."
'Bhavai' also stars Aindrita Ray, Rajendra Gupta, Rajesh Sharma, and Abhimanyu Singh in pivotal roles, the musical drama is all set to enthrall the audience on October 1.
Presented by Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios), produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, Parth Gajjar, and Hardik Gajjar films in association with Backbencher Pictures,
The film is set to release in cinemas on October 1.
Actor Vidyut Jammwal on Monday announced his engagement with fashion designer Nandita Mahtani.
The "Commando" actor took to Instagram and posted pictures with Mahtani, sharing that the couple got engaged on September 1.
The first picture featured the couple on a rock climbing wall while in the other, the duo stood holding hands in front of Taj Mahal, with Mahtani sporting a ring.
"Did it the commando way. 01/09/21," the 40-year-old actor wrote.
Mahtani, who is also in her 40s, shared the same photographs on her Instagram page and wrote, "Couldn't keep him hanging any longer…said yes! 1-9-21."
On the work front, Jammwal will be seen in films -- "Sanak" and "Khuda Haafiz Chapter II".
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana says that his aim as an artiste is to constantly tell people not to stereotype themselves or others.
He said his film 'Dream Girl', which completes its second release anniversary on Monday, intended to do just this.
Ayushmann said: "Consciously or unconsciously we are constantly conditioned to stereotype everything around us. Sometimes, we aren't even aware that we are either getting stereotyped or stereotyping others or, stereotyping ourselves."
The star credits his director Raaj Shaandilyaa and his producer Ekta Kapoor for trying to convey this important message through the film.
"I loved the script of 'Dream Girl' because it told us to not stereotype ourselves because that would limit us from realising our potential and make a difference. It told us that when we break this cycle, we can action positive change in society," said the actor.
He added: "My character Karamveer broke away from stereotyping himself when he decided to become Pooja. To me, that was a fresh and disruptive thought and it hit home for me because I'm constantly looking out for such subjects that stand out and has a message to give to audiences."
Ayushmann reveals he will be satiated as an actor if he continues to be on this mission to shatter stereotypes.
"If you look at the films that I have done like Bala, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan, you will see that I'm trying to tell people to not stereotype themselves. I hope that I can get some really good scripts that helps me push this message more. That would make me really happy as an artiste," he said.
Ayushmann currently awaits the release of his three films 'Anek', 'Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui' and 'Doctor G'.
In one of the Indian film industry's biggest collaborations, T-Series and Reliance Entertainment have joined hands to produce more than 10 films together across varied genres, including big-budget tentpoles as well as mid- and small-budget content-rich films.
This giant collaboration that brings two major production houses together with an investment of approximately Rs 1,000 crore will bring forth films ranging across different genres, production scales, talent and music.
Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Reliance Entertainment have worked together on the music marketing front for more than 100 films. Now for the first time both studios will collaborate to produce a slew of films, marking the start of a larger long-term relationship for content creation between the two organisations.
The extensive line-up of films is in various stages of development. Bejewelled with three big-budget blockbusters, the lineup also features films headlined by some of the country's most revered on-screen and off-screen talents. Others in the pipeline are Hindi remakes of Tamil blockbuster action thrillers, a mega historical biopic, an espionage thriller, a courtroom drama, a satirical comedy, a romance drama and a film based on shocking true events.
T-Series is the largest music record label in India and one of the top successful film production companies. Reliance Entertainment is a leading media and entertainment company in the country with more than 300 commercially and critically acclaimed movies in its portfolio.
In recent years Reliance Entertainment has produced several hits under its partnerships with Rohit Shetty, Imtiaz Ali, Neeraj Pandey, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Ribhu Dasgupta and S. Sashikant.
The new slate of film will be produced in the next 24 to 36 months under the aegis of some of these partnerships and with other promising filmmakers such as Pushkar and Gayatri, Vikramjit Singh, Mangesh Hadawale, Srijit Mukherji and Sankalp Reddy. At least four to five films will have a big-screen release worldwide, starting next year (2022).
Bhushan Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, T-Series, said, "After working on music marketing together, this collaboration has happened at the right time and this will just strengthen our ties. We hope to give our Hindi film audiences new and unconventional films."
Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment, added, "I really look forward to our partnership with T-Series. This partnership with Bhushan will surely mark the beginning of a great feat in the Indian film industry as we move on to offer a bouquet of path-breaking and momentous films to our audience."
Actress Arshi Khan says she is upset after cyber bullies trolled her for wishing everyone on the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
"In India we all enjoy every festival with joy. My Hindu friends join me on the occasion of Eid and I celebrate Ganpati, Diwali with them. I don't see any issue here. But after I posted pictures of me celebrating Ganpati, people started objecting to it. Some said I'm doing it for publicity, others said it wasn't my festival. Some questioned my religion. I was literally shocked," says Arshi.
The actress feels those who create a rift between religions are actually not following God.
"Those who create fights and differences among people on basis of religion they actually don't belong to any religion. They don't follow any God," she says.
Arshi Khan is remember for participating in reality TV show 'Bigg Boss'. The actress will be next seen in Bollywood movie 'Trahimam'.
Vaani Kapoor has two films lined up for release now "Shamshera" and "Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui", and the actress says she is looking forward eagerly for her films to come out.
"I am just eager for all my films to come out and theatres to open and have 100 per cent occupancy because I personally also feel.... I have good films in hand and I love my movies and I am just hoping people can watch them," Vaani, whose latest release is "Bell Bottom", shared while speaking to IANS.
The 33-year-old actress is hopeful that people will like "Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui", which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana, and the Ranbir Kapoor starrer 'Shamshera'.
"I am trying not to take any pressure and hope that these films work. That's all," said the actress.
Richa Chadha is doing her bit to create awareness about Covid-19 through her initiative on social media. She says social media campaigns are a great way to reach many people at one go.
Richa has started a social media initiative 'The KINDry', which is a space to discuss happenings around. This time around, she has used her page to spread awareness about the pandemic and help people in maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour.
Richa said: "Social media campaigns are a great way to reach many people at one go and through The KINDry, my ultimate purpose is to educate people on covid appropriate behavior and encourage them to get vaccinated at the earliest."
Through her page, Richa urges people to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest and be prepared to face the worst possible situation mentally and physically.
She added: "The threat of the third wave of infections still persists and it is very important for people to maintain social distancing and stay at home. The second wave was devastating and a change in our behaviour is much needed."
Drawing a parallel with how the global footprint of Hollywood had impacted the French, German and Italian film industries, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut said at a recent media conference here that it must not be allowed to grow in India at the expense of regional cinema.
Kangana was in the national capital to promote the movie 'Thalaivii', which was released this Friday in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The movie is about the life of the late J. Jayalalithaa, who served as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for more than 14 years.
Kangana urged film exhibitors not to be impacted by Hollywood to such an extent that they start moving away from regional cinema. She said: "Like Hollywood has destroyed other industries, it is trying to overtake us. We must encourage regional cinema and promote dubbed versions of films in Malayalam or Tamil or Punjabi or other languages, than just showing the dubbed versions of 'Jungle Book' or 'Lion King'. This will be our contribution to the making of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'."
When asked about that one quality of the late leader she would like to imbibe, Kangana said: "Her foremost trait was her strong determination, which enabled her to accept challenges and became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu."
South Indian mega star Rajinikanth's 'Annaatthe' will be released in theatres across the world on November 4. The first look of the movie is out. This will be a Deepavali release for Rajinikanth.
Directed by Siva, it will be a family action thriller, similar to the mega star's previous movies, 'Padayappa' and 'Arunachalam'.
Rajnikath's last film was 'Durbar', directed by A.R. Murugadoss, but it was not a big hit. Kollywood, which is what fans call the Tamil tinsel world, is expecting 'Annaatthe' to be a superhit, which is to be expected from the mega star.
The shooting of the movie was affected because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was happening at Hyderabad's Film City in December 2020 when some of the crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
Nayanthara, popularly known as the 'Lady Super Star of South India', is acting in the movie. It is the second time since 'Durbar' that she has been paired opposite Rajnikanth.
Other members of the cast are Prakash Raj, Meena, Keerthi Suresh, Soori and Kushbu Sundar. The music for the movie has been scored by D. Imman.
Rajinikanth, who made his movie debut in K. Balachander's 'Apoorva Ragangal' in 1975, has acted in more than 160 films, apart from appearing in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali movies. His major break came in Balachander's 'Moondru Mudichu'. There has been no looking back for Rajinikanth after this hit movie and he is considered as one of Indian cinema's leading stars.
New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) On her debut in 2015, Bhumi Pednekar took critics by surprise, and won awards, by playing an overweight bride who speaks up for her rights in the romantic comedy 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'. Since then, Bhumi Pednekar has given a string of hits with meaningful cinema.
She has been seen in 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', 'Shubh Mangal Savdhaan', 'Saand Ki Aankh', 'Bala', 'Pati Patni Aur Woh' and 'Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare', and many more such critically acclaimed films.
But is Bhumi comfortable with the 'star tag? In an interview with IANS, the actress, who started out as an assistant to Shanoo Sharma, the casting director of Yash Raj Films, made the confession: "I am a little shy to call myself a star."
She insists she is an actor "who has received a lot of love". Bhumi said: "I think the definition of stardom has changed across different generations. But yes, I am grateful that my films are appreciated and people love me and I am going to continue doing whatever I do on and off screen."
Hindi cinema is known for its bigger-than-life films, but Bhumi has stood her ground on featuring only in 'message-driven films and calls herself fortunate.
"I have always been keen that my films should have a positive message along with entertainment, Bhumi said.
She added: "I feel that's how films in the future would also be. If someone is spending two hours watching a film, or my piece of content, it must lead to some kind of a positive change in their mindset."
As a public figure, Bhumi is doing her bit for the world too. In 2019, she launched the 'Climate Warrior' campaign to to raise awareness on environmental protection and global warming.
So, is it time for Hindi cinema to raise issues related to climate change and sustainable lifestyles, pat came the reply from Bhumi: "Yes! I feel it's high time that Hindi cinema starts showing a sustainable way of living in their films."
She added: "As a fraternity, we wake and I personally would like to believe that we are more conscious than other industries, but I still feel we aren't doing enough."
Bhumi, incidentally, has been named as India's first M.A.C global cosmetics brand ambassador because of her efforts towards climate conservation and sustainability and also her body of work.
In fact, she makes sure that the sets she works on do not use plastic bottles and single-use plastics as much as possible.
Bhumi concluded: "I know it's difficult, but I try to make my ecosystem as sustainable as possible. I do feel that we need narratives in films/movies that send out the message because they are the most powerful medium to get the message across to the masses."
Actress Katrina Kaif shared a stunning picture dressed in purple as she confessed her love for the country of Turkey, where she is shooting for the film 'Tiger 3'.
Katrina posted two pictures on Instagram. In the images, Katrina looks drop-dead gorgeous as she sports a boat-necked floral printed short dress. The actress' skin has a hint of golden glow as the sun rays fall her flawless skin.
Alongside the image, Katrina wrote: "(Turkey flag emoji) U have my (heart emoji)."
Katrina recently met Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy along with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
The third instalment is directed by Maneesh Sharma. 'Tiger 3' was put on hold due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.
The first instalment 'Ek Tha Tiger' directed by Kabir Khan released in 2012. The second 'Tiger Zinda Hai' released in 2017 and was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
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